8 Late-Night Things To Do and Places to Eat in Honolulu
Who said everything closes at 9 p.m. in Hawaiʻi? These spots are open until at least midnight.
Stargazing at Lanikai Beach.
Photo: Andrew Jenkins
Stargazing at Lanikai Beach
Although Lanikai Beach’s sparkling sands and pristine view of Nā Mokulua cause hoards of people to flock to its shores every day, the starry sky and light breeze make it just as enjoyable at night when it’s far less crowded. Make sure your car is street parked legally in the area and listen to the waves crash against the cool sand for a peaceful end to a night out.
Makai Research Pier
PHOTO: AARON K. YOSHINO
Bored on a Friday night? Try night fishing under the stars. Although the pier closes at 5 p.m. all other days of the week, on Fridays this relaxing fishing spot stays open until midnight. Set up your beach chair, grab a pole and cast away.
Free, Makai Research Pier, 41-305 Kalaniana‘ole Hwy., Waimanalo, open Friday until midnight
Ong King Arts Center
Creativity practically flows from this Chinatown establishment. Friday nights are buzzing with live entertainment, art installations and dancing into the early hours of the morning. The space also hosts an open mic on Sundays for any artists who want to share their work.
Free–$5, Ong King Arts Center, 184 N. King St., ongkingarts.com, open Fridays and Sundays until 2 a.m.
Photo: BRITTNEY NITTA-LEE
Feel like a star in an action movie when you and your friends attempt to “break out” of a room at Breakout Waikīkī. All six rooms will push your brain and teamwork skills to the limit as you race the clock to solve the puzzles. Seeing the time countdown will get your blood pumping no matter how late it is. When the Obama family went last November, they made it out with only 12 seconds to spare.
$28–40, Breakout Waikīkī, 131 Ka‘iulani Ave. #88, breakoutwaikiki.com, open until midnight. (last game begins at 11:45 p.m.)
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This cocktail bar radiates a hip, industrial vibe. Beyond serving killer drinks, this Kakaʻako spot serves a variety of small plates sure to satisfy any late-night craving. The menu features modern bites with a local twist including the kiawe-smoked duck breast with roasted root vegetable, kabocha sauce and shallot puree.
Bevy, 675 Auahi St. #130, bevyhawaii.com, open Monday–Thursday until 12 a.m., Saturday and Sunday until 2 a.m.
Chez Kenzo Bar & Grill
Photos: Martha Cheng
This neighborhood bar may feature more than 100 items on its menu, but don’t panic—the staff is happy to help you navigate the expansive list. The owners previously owned the Genius Lounge in Waikīkī so many of the old favorites are still on the menu. The only difference, bigger portions!
Chez Kenzo Bar & Grill, 1431 S. King St., chezkenzo.net, open until 1 a.m.
Photo: Steve Czerniak
Located in the heart of Chinatown, this Asian-fusion ramen joint is a downtown staple. The piping hot noodles and steaming bao are the perfect foods to bring your evening to an energizing start or a delightful close. Its innovative craft cocktails are an extra bonus.
Lucky Belly, 50 N. Hotel St., luckybelly.com, open until midnight
Photo: Martha Cheng
When the night turns to morning, there is no better place to be than at Liliha Bakery. This classic diner has been around since 1950 serving such local staples as coco puffs, loco mocos and its signature butter rolls. Once that flaky roll with the bright pink jelly hits your mouth, it’ll feel like you’re already home.
Liliha Bakery, 580 N. Nimitz Hwy., lilihabakeryhawaii.com, open Tuesday–Saturday, 24 hours